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Catching them young: 3rd edition SHS Energy Challenge launched

BY: Severious Kale-Dery
FLASHBACK: Students of Gyaama Pensan Senior High Technical School, last year’s winners, making a presentation at the grand finale
FLASHBACK: Students of Gyaama Pensan Senior High Technical School, last year’s winners, making a presentation at the grand finale

The Energy Commission, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), will today, May 24, 2022, launch the 3rd edition of the Energy Commission’s Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge (ECSHSREC).

The event seeks to provide education and create awareness of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies among the various second-cycle schools in the country.

It is aimed at promoting creative thinking and providing mentorship to young students to enable them produce innovative ideas for national development.

This edition comes on the heels of two successful ones organised since its inception with the recent one held on October 14, 2021.

Launch

As the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, launches the challenge today, the question is; Who wins the 3rd edition? Can Gyaama Pensan Senior High Technical School retain the trophy or will second-placed Mfanstiman Girls’ Senior High School or third place winners, Navrongo Senior High School lift the trophy?

The event is scheduled to be held at the Holiday Inn on the theme, “Clean Cooking & Food Processing using Renewable Energy Technologies”.

The special guest of honour, Mrs Bawumia, a Global Champion for the Clean Cooking Alliance, will deliver the keynote address.

Attendees

In attendance will be the Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South; the Chairman of Energy Commission, Board, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu; the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Oscar Amonoo-Neizer; the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, development partners as well as a host of other dignitaries from the energy and education sectors.

The 3rd edition of the challenge is open to all second-cycle schools in the country.

Students are expected to develop projects in the area of either clean cooking or food processing, which should be related to the use of renewable energy technologies.

Schools are also encouraged to come up with new product innovations, accessories to products or digital innovations to improve the performances or efficiencies of existing projects.

Stages

The challenge will be in three stages; the regional competition, the zonal competition and the grand finale.

Sixteen regional competitions would be held in all regional capitals to select the best project for each region and two zonal competitions (Northern & Southern Zone) would be held with eight schools in each zone.

Three schools would be selected from each zone to present their project during the grand finale slated for October 19, 2022, with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the special guest of honour.